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Holidays in Punta Cana

Punta Cana is one of the most glamorous resorts on the Dominican Republic’s Coconut Coast. A giddy mix of hot days on the beach and VIP nightlife makes the resort feel a little like paradise, with its bright green scenery set against the gold of the coast. The jungle is ideal for would-be explorers, while the rather more leisurely golf courses complete a very pretty picture.

28 °C

With an average temperature of 28°C in June and temperatures slightly dipping in winter to a wonderfully warn 25°C

9 hours

Punta Cana is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Punta Cana now and before you know it, you could be rubbing shoulders with Beyoncé and sipping rum cocktails on the beach.

Recommended offers in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 4235 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

from

£1416

Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 7905 reviews

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£1240

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Punta Cana Resort, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 11843 reviews

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  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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£1450

Excellence Punta Cana

Uvero Alto, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 9650 reviews

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  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
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£1540

IBEROSTAR Hacienda Dominicus

Bayahibe, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 5026 reviews

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  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
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  • Your Seat Choice*

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£1216

IBEROSTAR Dominicana

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 3786 reviews

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  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
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£1180

Now Larimar Punta Cana

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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IBEROSTAR Bavaro

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa

Uvero Alto, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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IFA Villas Bavaro Resort & Spa

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
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£1084

Whether you’re a water baby or a sea novice, holidays to Punta Cana are perfect to dive into. Home to some of the finest marine life in the country, there’s no better place to scuba dive, take a fishing trip or simply snooze on the back of a catamaran. Back on dry land, the resort has numerous championship golf courses designed to test even the keenest players, with greens making the most of the region’s rolling scenery and coastal views. After a round or two, head into town for a cuba libre and dinner on the waterfront. If that whets your whistle, hit the clubs in town.

Spending lots of time on the beach is the best way to enjoy Punta Cana’s attractions, with so much of the local lifestyle focused on the coast. Relaxing on a catamaran, loping through the powdery sand or snorkelling along the reefs are a must. The beaches seem so endless they rarely feel crowded, and the area is a fantastic place to learn to fish or scuba dive along the biggest coral reef in the country, Boca Chica. And if all that sounds too much like hard work, pull up a comfy lounger and do nothing but work on your tan.

Punta Cana is one of the best places in the country to play golf. Enthusiasts flock from all over the world to play on the dozen 18-hole golf courses; all designed by esteemed industry experts and located in areas of incredible natural beauty. There are lots of things for kids to do in Punta Cana, and if golf isn’t their thing, spend a day at Manti Park, where visitors can swim with dolphins, watch sea lion shows and see rare tropical birds and reptiles. The lush jungle scenery spread across the coast is an exciting opportunity for excursions, with 4x4 tours being the most popular.

Punta Cana’s nightlife starts to hot up after midnight, when the clubs start playing merengue and everyone sips on refreshing santo libre cocktails. There are plenty of cocktail bars to get the night started. If you can’t bear to leave the beach, stay right on the sand and visit the chilled-out live music and beach bars on the waterfront. The bigger venues and discotheques host regular shows and stay open until the early hours. Look out for promotions advertising the best places in Punta Cana for special parties and events, such as beach parties and bar crawls.

Recommended offers in Punta Cana

Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 4235 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

from

£1416

Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro

Bavaro, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

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Based on 7905 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service

from

£1240

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana

Punta Cana Resort, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 11843 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

from

£1450

Excellence Punta Cana

Uvero Alto, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 9650 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

from

£1540

IBEROSTAR Hacienda Dominicus

Bayahibe, Punta Cana

7 Nights, All Inclusive

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 5026 reviews

What is included?

  • 20kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers
  • In-Flight Meals
  • Your Seat Choice*

from

£1216

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS BEST FOR...

Golfers: Over a dozen 18-hole golf courses situated in the region’s incredible gold and green scenery 

Celebrity spotters: Punta Cana fans include Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie – so keep your eyes peeled

Clubbers: Parties on the beach, on boats, in clubs or on rooftops – Punta Cana is one of the coolest party destinations in the Caribbean 


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Punta Cana is Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Punta Cana is the Dominican Peso 

Local time: Punta Cana is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time

Fly to: Punta Cana International 

Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours

Tourist Information: Further Punta Cana tourist information can be found at www.godominicanrepublic.com

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/dominican-republic  for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Punta Cana.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: High 20s, peaking in the low to mid 30s (°C) by July and an average of 25°C during winter.

Best time to visit: Spring and autumn for more comfortable beach weather 

The weather in Punta Cana is beautifully Caribbean, with over 300 days of sunshine a year and hot summers followed by mild winters. Midsummer is bound to be popular with sun worshippers, but the slightly cooler averages in spring and autumn provide the most comfortable beach weather. 


GETTING AROUND

By bus: If you’re planning on visiting local resorts, the Bavaro Express bus is a handy way of getting between them at an affordable price. The service runs regularly between neighbouring resorts and provides a shuttle to the beach. 

By hire car: The best way to get around on your own terms is hiring a car. The Dominican Republic’s international airports all have numerous car hire companies to arrange a rental. 

On foot: The beaches and hotels should be a comfortable walking distance, so if you don’t have to go far make the most of the weather and take a stroll.


EVENTS

For foodies: Late June sees the Punta Cana Food and Wine Festival come to town, when foodies can enjoy two full days of tasting samples and watch cooking demos from the pros. 

Beach party: In January, the resort hosts the Punta Cana Tango Festival which involves four full days of dance, music and delicious food right on the beach.  

Carnival: Punta Cana is one of the best places around to experience this world-class event. Carnival comes to town in February and stays for a week of parades, performances and wild costumes.


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